Reflections on Being a Student of Life

by Mudit Pasagadagula, Electrical Engineering MS student

Almost all of us agree on the fact that good things come to us by some sort of hardship. Majority of us would nod our heads when the words like “discipline”, “commitment”, “determination”, etc. are used to explain what a success story consists of. On the contrary, as our world is huge, anything is possible and there are people who can deny this fact. But then, a wise soul always knows what is right and above all, where the truth resides. Truth needs no proof, it exists. It thrives without any acknowledgement. But the truth that most of us know is not complete or, at-least, the most general version of the it. The strong vocabulary that we use to narrate success and the hard ways to achieve it is simply a side effect of the omnipresent truth; truth which we know as love.

Have you ever noticed successful people narrating their success stories? There is a little, but a very powerful secret, hidden in every single story. You would never find the narration in a sense of hardship, difficulty, obstacles or any other passive terms. It will always in terms of “I tried this…, “I failed this…”, “I did this…”, “it turned out to be…”, etc. It is us, the audience, who perceives how much difficult the journey would have been. Every quality one requires to succeed in what one seeks falls into place automatically with just one magical emotion, love; love for what we are doing, love for what we want to do. You can eventually see how everything else lines up so swiftly once you start pursuing your true love.

Even though this sounds very simple, there is a major offset at the very first step. And the manifestation of it is what is called “finding out our true love”. If you give this a little thought you’ll find that it is the foundation stone of almost everything that had been done or is in progress in the world which we exist. And if the foundation stone is laid in not-a-correct manner, not-good things are supposed to follow. This is a perfect state for us to identify whether we are on the correct path. A person in true love with his doings takes the not-good things as a constructive experience towards what he wants to do. This decision is not due to any personal factor of that individual, it is due to the strong love. A student’s life is all about this pursuit of finding the true love. It is hard being a student because a student is a device that allows passage of gigantic amount of information through his mind, heart and soul and it is always difficult to find a needle in the hay right! A student is a responsibility of his own. There are many practices that can help a student to be clear in their thoughts. Clarity of thoughts helps a student to identify the proper thing for him.

Even a one mile walk from my home to my class presents me with countless challenges. Not just the physical ones but psychological ones too. That’s the only bad thing of being part of such a diverse campus. But as I stated earlier, standing on to these challenges is what make me, or anyone, as diverse as the student community of which I am a part of. Being a student is not just about going to calls, taking exams, building a good GPA & getting a nice job, being a student is about learning life and the synchronicity in its diversity. Ever other part of our lives is designated with some fancy word but we all essentially are students of some kind.